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Satellite observations improve earthquake monitoring, response
Researchers at the University of Iowa and the United States Geologic Survey report data gathered by orbiting satellites can yield more information about destructive earthquakes and can improve aid and humanitarian response efforts. (2019-06-14)
Future tsunamis possible in the Red Sea's Gulf of Elat-Aqaba
Researchers who took a closer look at a 1995 tsunami in the Gulf of Elat-Aqaba, at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea, say that the gulf's surrounding countries should prepare for future tsunami hazards in the economically developing vital region. (2019-06-12)
Catalog of north Texas earthquakes confirms continuing effects of wastewater disposal
A comprehensive catalog of earthquake sequences in Texas's Fort Worth Basin, from 2008 to 2018, provides a closer look at how wastewater disposal from oil and gas exploration has changed the seismic landscape in the basin. (2019-06-11)
Models suggest faults are linked through California's Imperial Valley
New mechanical modeling of a network of active strike-slip faults in California's Imperial Valley suggests the faults are continuously linked, from the southern San Andreas Fault through the Imperial Fault to the Cerro Prieto fault further to the south of the valley. (2019-06-11)
Solved: How tides can trigger earthquakes
Some earthquakes along mid-ocean ridges are linked with low tides, but nobody could figure out why. (2019-06-07)
Disturbed sleep linked to mental health problems in natural disaster survivors
Preliminary results from a new study suggest that sleep disturbances are associated with mental health problems among survivors of a natural disaster even two years after the event. (2019-06-07)
Dashing the dream of ideal 'invisibility' cloaks for stress waves
Some have dreamt of the perfect cloak to make buildings impervious to stress waves caused by bombs, earthquakes or other calamities. (2019-06-07)
Supercomputing dynamic earthquake rupture models
Multiple interactions found in postulated network of faults in the Brawley seismic zone in southern California. (2019-06-03)
Scientists find telling early moment that indicates a coming megaquake
Scientists combing through databases of earthquakes since the early 1990s have discovered a possible defining moment 10-15 seconds into an event that could signal a magnitude 7 or larger megaquake. (2019-05-29)
Lessons from Pohang: Solving geothermal energy's earthquake problem
A geothermal energy project triggered a damaging earthquake in 2017 in South Korea. (2019-05-28)
Aftershocks of 1959 earthquake rocked Yellowstone in 2017-18
A swarm of more than 3,000 small earthquakes in the Maple Creek area (in Yellowstone National Park but outside of the Yellowstone volcano caldera) between June 2017 and March 2018 are, at least in part, aftershocks of the 1959 quake. (2019-05-23)
Study suggests earthquakes are triggered well beyond fluid injection zones
Using data from field experiments and computer modeling of ground faults, researchers at Tufts University have discovered that the practice of subsurface fluid injection used in 'fracking' and wastewater disposal for oil and gas exploration could cause significant, rapidly spreading earthquake activity beyond the fluid diffusion zone. (2019-05-02)
Scientists take a 'metamaterials' approach to earthquake damage
At the SSA 2019 Annual Meeting, seismologists from around the world will discuss how metamaterial theory might be applied to everything from developing deflective barriers to manipulating the layout of buildings within a city as a way to minimize the impact of damaging surface seismic waves. (2019-04-26)
Quick reconnaissance after 2018 Anchorage quake reveals signs of ground failure
A day after the Nov. 30, 2018, magnitude 7 earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska, US Geological Survey scientists Robert Witter and Adrian Bender had taken to the skies. (2019-04-26)
Reinforced concrete wall damage may be larger than expected in major Seattle quake
Using ground motions generated for a range of simulated magnitude 9 earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest, researchers are testing how well reinforced concrete walls might stand up under such seismic events. (2019-04-24)
Salish seafloor mapping identifies earthquake and tsunami risks
The central Salish Sea of the Pacific Northwest is bounded by two active fault zones that could trigger rockfalls and slumps of sediment that might lead to tsunamis, according to a presentation at the 2019 SSA Annual Meeting. (2019-04-24)
Minerals in mountain rivers tell the story of landslide activity upstream
Scientists have come up with a new way of analyzing sand in mountain rivers to determine the activity of landslides upstream, which has important implications for understanding natural hazards in mountainous regions. (2019-04-24)
Acupuncture equals disease prevention say new studies
Well-recognized for its therapeutic effects, acupuncture is increasingly being appreciated for its ability to promote wellness and contribute to the prevention of a broad range of conditions. (2019-04-23)
Folding faults and seismic risk in the Kunlun range, Northwest Tibet
The tectonic deformation and growth pattern of the western Kunlun, which is the northwestern margin of the Tibetan Plateau, are not currently well understood. (2019-04-18)
Cataloging Southern California's tiny hidden earthquakes
Nearly 1.8 million tiny tremblors have been added to the catalog of total seismic events in Southern California over the past decade, reports a new study, which details the most comprehensive earthquake catalog to date. (2019-04-18)
Scientists identify almost 2 million previously 'hidden' earthquakes
Using powerful computers and a technique called template matching, scientists identify millions of previously unidentified tiny earthquakes. (2019-04-18)
Data mining digs up hidden clues to major California earthquake triggers
A powerful computational study of southern California seismic records has revealed detailed information about a plethora of previously undetected small earthquakes, giving a more precise picture about stress in the earth's crust. (2019-04-18)
Time is money, especially when it comes to giving
Would you be more likely to donate to charity if you could report the gift sooner on your taxes? (2019-04-15)
Damaging Sichuan earthquakes linked to fracking operations
Two moderate-sized earthquakes that struck the southern Sichuan Province of China last December and January were probably caused by nearby fracking operations, according to a new study published in Seismological Research Letters. (2019-04-04)
Crowdsourcing speeds up earthquake monitoring
Data produced by Internet users can help to speed up the detection of earthquakes. (2019-04-03)
Seismic safety upgrades may cost CA hospitals billions
California hospitals would need to make substantial investments -- between $34 billion and $143 billion statewide -- to meet 2030 state seismic safety standards, according to a new RAND Corporation report. (2019-03-28)
New way of designing systems against correlated disruptions uses negative probability
Until now, systems engineers have struggled with the problem of planning for disaster impacts that are linked by correlation -- like those of earthquakes and tsunamis -- because of the cumbersome calculations necessary to precisely quantify the probabilities of all possible combinations of disruption occurrences. (2019-03-28)
Massive earthquakes provide new insight into deep Earth
In a first-ever study of two of the largest deep earthquakes ever recorded in human history, FSU researchers reveal new and surprising information about our planet's mysterious, ever-changing interior. (2019-03-27)
Signs of 1906 earthquake revealed in mapping of offshore northern San Andreas Fault
A new high-resolution map of a poorly known section of the northern San Andreas Fault reveals signs of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and may hold some clues as to how the fault could rupture in the future, according to a new study published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. (2019-03-27)
Geophysics: A surprising, cascading earthquake
The Kaikoura earthquake in New Zealand in 2016 caused widespread damage. (2019-03-21)
Hundreds of bubble streams link biology, seismology off Washington's coast
The first survey of methane vent sites off Washington's coast finds 1,778 bubble columns, with most located along a north-south band that is in line with a geologic fault. (2019-03-21)
How fluid viscosity affects earthquake intensity
A young researcher at EPFL has demonstrated that the viscosity of fluids present in faults has a direct effect on the intensity of earthquakes. (2019-03-20)
Sensing shakes
Every year earthquakes worldwide claim hundreds or even thousands of lives. (2019-03-10)
Machine learning expands to help predict and characterize earthquakes
In a focus section published in the journal Seismological Research Letters, researchers describe how they are using machine learning methods to hone predictions of seismic activity, identify earthquake centers, characterize different types of seismic waves and distinguish seismic activity from other kinds of ground 'noise.' (2019-03-01)
Coda waves reveal carbon dioxide storage plume
Pumping carbon dioxide into the ground to remove it from the atmosphere is one way to lower greenhouse gases, but keeping track of where that gas is, has been a difficult chore. (2019-02-26)
Tide gauges capture tremor episodes in cascadian subduction zone
Hourly water level records collected from tide gauges can be used to measure land uplift caused by episodic tremor and slip of slow earthquakes in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, according to a new report in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. (2019-02-15)
Satellite images reveal interconnected plumbing system that caused Bali volcano to erupt
A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has used satellite technology provided by the European Space Agency to uncover why the Agung volcano in Bali erupted in November 2017 after 50 years of dormancy. (2019-02-14)
EarthScope announces top 10 discoveries list
What are the 10 most influential, revolutionary, unexpected, or just plain amazing discoveries from EarthScope's 15-year history? (2019-02-14)
Massive Bolivian earthquake reveals mountains 660 kilometers below our feet
Princeton geophysicists Jessica Irving and Wenbo Wu used data from an enormous earthquake in Bolivia to find mountains at the base of the mantle's transition zone, located 660 kilometers below our feet. (2019-02-14)
Indonesia's devastating 2018 earthquake was a rare supershear, UCLA study finds
The devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi last September was a rare 'supershear' earthquake, according to a study led by UCLA researchers. (2019-02-12)
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